Tagged: Portuguese

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The Role of the Portuguese and Spanish in the Geopolitics of the 21st Century: Opportunities and Challenges in the Middle East

Languages are human institutions and as well as men who speak them, they have their progress and their setbacks, win and lose speakers according to the prestige of the countries that use them. The Portuguese language in this sense began to enjoy the last years a greatest international prestige due to factors as the size of the Lusophone population, the relative youth of its speakers, their distribution in the world and therefore business opportunities with these countries.

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The “Brazilebanese”, or Brazilians from Lebanon

The history of Lebanese emigration to Brazil is long. It is said that Lebanese Christians began to emigrate to Brazil in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, while Lebanon was still part of the Ottoman Empire. The economic crisis that Brazil suffered in the 1980s and 1990s directly affected these families, dependent on the income from trade. Many chose to return to Lebanon and rebuild their lives in the old fatherland.